from amsterdam to basel: the treasures of the celebrated rhine river (port-to-port cruise)
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From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
From Amsterdam to Basel: The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River (port-to-port cruise)
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Duration
8 days
Trip code
ABE_PP
Operator
CroisiEurope Cruises

Overview

From Amsterdam to Basel, embark on a cruise rich in history and authenticity. Discover historic monuments through cities such as Haarlem or Colmar and its Unterlinden museum. You can take a stroll to the Arnhem Open Air Museum, which reveals a 100-year-old story.

 

Highlights

  • From Holland to the Three Countries Bridge, discover a singular blend of nature and culture
  • Discover(2):Amsterdam and its unique atmosphereDelightful scents and springtime colors at the Keukenhof floral gardens(1)Haarlem, the golden age of the 17th centuryColmar and the Unterlinden Museum(3)
  • Amsterdam and its unique atmosphere
  • Delightful scents and springtime colors at the Keukenhof floral gardens(1)
  • Haarlem, the golden age of the 17th century
  • Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum(3)
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

What's Included



    Itinerary



    Shore Excursions

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We’ll leave by coach for a guided tour of the city. Amsterdam is one of the most unique and extraordinary cities in the world. From its romantic canals to its world-renowned museums and historical significance, it’s a city that never ceases to surprise. Our first stop will be the Riecker Windmill, a windmill located on the riverbanks of the Amstel River, south of the city. This mill was built in 1636 in the village of Sloten and was used as a polder mill for the polder of the same name (Riekerpolder). The pumping of the polder water was taken over by an electric pumping station in 1932 and, when the polder was dug, the mill was then dismantled to create, among other things, Lake Het Nieuw Meer. The mill was rebuilt in 1961 on the riverbanks of the Amstel, around 8 km (approx. 5 miles) away, between the roads leading to Kalfjeslaan and Borcht. This part of the Amstel banks, very popular with tourists and walkers, is a prime location for an old Dutch windmill. A statue of Rembrandt was erected close to this mill to remind us that the painter made many drawings on the banks of this river. Afterwards, we’ll continue on towards the Bloemenmarkt, the famous floating flower market. One of the most fragrant places in Amsterdam in any seasons thanks to its thousands of flowers and multitude of varieties, this unique market will make your head spin! At the end of our visit, we’ll return to the ship by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Panoramic tour with stops to take pictures and free time.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_AMS2

    Pre-paid: $81

    On-board: $90

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    You'll leave on foot to head to the bike rental office. This guided bike tour will last about 2.5 hours, and you'll be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites in Amsterdam. Enjoy some free time at the Flower Market or at the Albert Cuypmarkt.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • Attention: children are under the responsibility of their parents and must be autonomous by bike.
    EXC_AMS3

    Pre-paid: $119

    On-board: $133

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    You'll leave on foot to head to the bike rental office. This guided bike tour will last about 2.5 hours, and you'll be able to explore and learn about all the must-see and out-of-the-way sites in Amsterdam. Enjoy some free time at the Flower Market or at the Albert Cuypmarkt.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • Attention: children are under the responsibility of their parents and must be autonomous by bike.
    EXC_AMS3

    Pre-paid: $128

    On-board: $142

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Departure from Wesel by coach in the company of your hostess for the Dutch Open Air Museum in Arnhem, which is located in a beautiful wooded park (44 ha). Some 80 authentic farms, windmills, workshops, houses, barns, a church and a school provide an insight on the everyday life and architecture of yesteryear.
    Inside every building, you'll be intrigued by the typical furniture and the displays of various trades and crafts. Some of the buildings are grouped together, such as the beautiful Limburg timber-framed buildings or the Gelderland farms, but the most charming spot is without a doubt the area dedicated to the Zaan region, with its green painted wooden houses and tastefully decorated gables. Our visit will start with the renovated entrance pavilion and its good vantage point over the park and its many windmills. There are farming implements on display in many areas, like the collections center. The lower level gives access to the spectacular panoramic theater HollandRama. In this mobile capsule, films, sounds, lights, smells and temperatures evoke different scenes, from cityscapes to the confines of houses. Return on board by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • This is a guided tour.
    • Bags can be let to the left luggage office.
    • Information in the museum (notice board) is given in Dutch, in English and in German.
    • This optional excursion replaces the visit to the Kröller Müller on Mondays.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_ARNHEM

    Pre-paid: $146

    On-board: $161

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Departure from Wesel by coach in the company of your hostess for the Dutch Open Air Museum in Arnhem, which is located in a beautiful wooded park (44 ha). Some 80 authentic farms, windmills, workshops, houses, barns, a church and a school provide an insight on the everyday life and architecture of yesteryear.
    Inside every building, you'll be intrigued by the typical furniture and the displays of various trades and crafts. Some of the buildings are grouped together, such as the beautiful Limburg timber-framed buildings or the Gelderland farms, but the most charming spot is without a doubt the area dedicated to the Zaan region, with its green painted wooden houses and tastefully decorated gables. Our visit will start with the renovated entrance pavilion and its good vantage point over the park and its many windmills. There are farming implements on display in many areas, like the collections center. The lower level gives access to the spectacular panoramic theater HollandRama. In this mobile capsule, films, sounds, lights, smells and temperatures evoke different scenes, from cityscapes to the confines of houses. Return on board by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • This is a guided tour.
    • Bags can be let to the left luggage office.
    • Information in the museum (notice board) is given in Dutch, in English and in German.
    • This optional excursion replaces the visit to the Kröller Müller on Mondays.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_ARNHEM

    Pre-paid: $147

    On-board: $163

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Departure on foot for downtown Köln. You will discover the city in the company of your guide. Crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages, Köln has kept its importance as a vibrant commercial and industrial city as well as a cultural and religious center. which has kept its importance both on a commercial and industrial level as well as on a cultural and religious level. You will be able to admire the exterior façades of the huge Gothic Köln Cathedral which took five centuries to complete. Indeed, although construction started in 1247, it was interrupted due to a lack of financing in 1560 and only started again in 1842 upon request of Emperor Frederick Wilhelm IV, who had fallen in love with the building. Construction was finally completed in 1863 and the Gothic Cathedral was the highest building in the world from 1880 to 1884. Around the Cathedral, 12 other Romanesque style churches are set in a circle, representing the 12 holy apostles. We'll then move on to the Old Town and stop to admire the outside of the neo-Gothic building, home of the famous "Eau de Cologne".
    Before returning on board, we will have some free time to stroll through the streets of Köln or try the famous local beer, the Kölsch(1). Return on board by coach in Königswinter.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The ship sails during the excursion.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • (1) Not included - to be paid for on location.
    EXC_COLCAR

    Pre-paid: $104

    On-board: $116

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Departure on foot for downtown Köln. You will discover the city in the company of your guide. Crossroads of Europe since the Middle Ages, Köln has kept its importance as a vibrant commercial and industrial city as well as a cultural and religious center. which has kept its importance both on a commercial and industrial level as well as on a cultural and religious level. You will be able to admire the exterior façades of the huge Gothic Köln Cathedral which took five centuries to complete. Indeed, although construction started in 1247, it was interrupted due to a lack of financing in 1560 and only started again in 1842 upon request of Emperor Frederick Wilhelm IV, who had fallen in love with the building. Construction was finally completed in 1863 and the Gothic Cathedral was the highest building in the world from 1880 to 1884. Around the Cathedral, 12 other Romanesque style churches are set in a circle, representing the 12 holy apostles. We'll then move on to the Old Town and stop to admire the outside of the neo-Gothic building, home of the famous "Eau de Cologne".
    Before returning on board, we will have some free time to stroll through the streets of Köln or try the famous local beer, the Kölsch(1). Return on board by coach in Königswinter.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The ship sails during the excursion.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • (1) Not included - to be paid for on location.
    EXC_COLCAR

    Pre-paid: $114

    On-board: $126

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Colmar will charm you with its authenticity and typically Alsatian architecture composed of brightly painted half-timbered facades dating from the Middle Ages. You'll discover the quintessential neighborhood of "Little Venice” and visit the Unterlinden Museum, featuring a large collection of local and international artworks and manufactured artifacts from prehistorical to contemporary times. The museum is housed in a 13th-century Dominican convent and a 1906 former public baths building, and was renovated by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2015 to incorporate more of the vast collection. Inarguably, the most important work in the collection is the Isenheim Altarpiece.

    Duration: approx. 4:00

    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced by a visit to the Hansi Museum instead.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
    • If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to be paid for on board).
    • The excursions on the first evening and the morning following boarding are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.

     

    EXC_COLMA3

    Pre-paid: $123

    On-board: $137

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Colmar will charm you with its authenticity and typically Alsatian architecture composed of brightly painted half-timbered facades dating from the Middle Ages. You'll discover the quintessential neighborhood of "Little Venice” and visit the Unterlinden Museum, featuring a large collection of local and international artworks and manufactured artifacts from prehistorical to contemporary times. The museum is housed in a 13th-century Dominican convent and a 1906 former public baths building, and was renovated by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2015 to incorporate more of the vast collection. Inarguably, the most important work in the collection is the Isenheim Altarpiece.

    Duration: approx. 4:00

    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced by a visit to the Hansi Museum instead.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
    • If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to be paid for on board).
    • The excursions on the first evening and the morning following boarding are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.

     

    EXC_COLMA3

    Pre-paid: $126

    On-board: $140

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Departure by coach in the company of your guides towards Haarlem.
    Known as the "City of Tulips”, Haarlem has for centuries been the main production and export center for tulip bulbs. This charming town has been an inspiration for generations of painters throughout the centuries. We'll discover the Amsterdamse Poort (Amsterdam Gate) built in 1400 and the only vestige from the city's fortifications, the Grote Markt (Main Square), the Corrie Ten Boom House, used as a hiding place during World War II and the impressive Gothic Cathedral of St Bavo dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. In Haarlem, you'll get the chance to see a great number of "beguinages”, with the oldest dating back to 1395. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you will have some free time.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_HAARLE

    Pre-paid: $83

    On-board: $91

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Departure by coach in the company of your guides towards Haarlem.
    Known as the "City of Tulips”, Haarlem has for centuries been the main production and export center for tulip bulbs. This charming town has been an inspiration for generations of painters throughout the centuries. We'll discover the Amsterdamse Poort (Amsterdam Gate) built in 1400 and the only vestige from the city's fortifications, the Grote Markt (Main Square), the Corrie Ten Boom House, used as a hiding place during World War II and the impressive Gothic Cathedral of St Bavo dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. In Haarlem, you'll get the chance to see a great number of "beguinages”, with the oldest dating back to 1395. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you will have some free time.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_HAARLE

    Pre-paid: $86

    On-board: $95

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Departure by coach in the company of your hostess towards Keukenhof. Upon arrival, your hostess will give you an entry ticket that will allow you to stroll freely inside this beautiful flower garden extending on 32 hectares (79 acres). You'll be delighted by its wonders, from the enchanting colors and fragrances of the many tulips, narcissus, daffodils and other ornamental bulbs to the orchid pavilion and the Japanese country garden. Do not miss the breathtaking view over the tulip fields from the 1892 windmill located at the back of the garden!
    In the 15th century, the garden as we know it today was nothing but hunting grounds where aromatic herbs were grown for the kitchens of the castle belonging to Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, hence its current name, "Keukenhof” - "kitchen garden” in English.
    Return on board in Amsterdam by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Only on pre-booking.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Free visit in the park; open from March 21st to May 12th 2024. The opening dates are subject to change by Keukenhof Flower Park. 
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • Wheelchairs are available through online booking on the Keukenhof website (passengers will have to use their own credit card).
    EXC_KEUKEN

    Pre-paid: $118

    On-board: $130

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Departure by coach in the company of your hostess towards Keukenhof. Upon arrival, your hostess will give you an entry ticket that will allow you to stroll freely inside this beautiful flower garden extending on 32 hectares (79 acres). You'll be delighted by its wonders, from the enchanting colors and fragrances of the many tulips, narcissus, daffodils and other ornamental bulbs to the orchid pavilion and the Japanese country garden. Do not miss the breathtaking view over the tulip fields from the 1892 windmill located at the back of the garden!
    In the 15th century, the garden as we know it today was nothing but hunting grounds where aromatic herbs were grown for the kitchens of the castle belonging to Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, hence its current name, "Keukenhof” - "kitchen garden” in English.
    Return on board in Amsterdam by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Only on pre-booking.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Free visit in the park; open from March 21st to May 12th 2024. The opening dates are subject to change by Keukenhof Flower Park. 
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • Wheelchairs are available through online booking on the Keukenhof website (passengers will have to use their own credit card).
    EXC_KEUKEN

    Pre-paid: $123

    On-board: $137

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    You will set off on foot from accompanied by your guides and visit the town of Mainz. Capital of the Rhine Palatinate, Mainz was founded more than 2000 years ago by the Romans. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the top architects and sculptors created the basic shape of the town, with fine palaces and churches. Here you can admire the magnificent historic houses which have been outstandingly well-restored. Located on the banks of the Rhine opposite the confluence of the Rhine with the Main, Mainz will captivate you with its quite incomparable lifestyle, its unique charm and its openness to the world. In the company of your guide, you will be able to enter the magnificent Cathedral, whose construction began in 975 and which has left a deep mark on the history of the town. The interior of the cathedral houses some wonderful historic treasures, including tombs and funerary monuments from the 13th to the 18th centuries. You will also have the opportunity to wander up and down the colorful streets in the old town. Finally you will visit the Gutenberg Museum, the world's finest museum for printing equipment, materials and books. Born in Mainz around 1400, Johannes Gensfleisch Gutenberg himself prepared the copy of the Bible referred to as "the 42-line Bible” which was published in 1455 - the oldest printed book in the world. Out of the 46 copies still in existence, the museum has just one, along with a "Mainz Psalter”, the first ever document printed using three different colors of ink. The museum extends over five floors and provides a quite remarkable exhibition on the history of the book and written word in both Europe and the world as a whole. Return on board on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The Gutenberg Museum is closed on Sunday mornings and on Mondays.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended: visit entirely on foot; streets are cobblestoned in the old town.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_MAYGUT

    Pre-paid: $62

    On-board: $69

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    You will set off on foot from accompanied by your guides and visit the town of Mainz. Capital of the Rhine Palatinate, Mainz was founded more than 2000 years ago by the Romans. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the top architects and sculptors created the basic shape of the town, with fine palaces and churches. Here you can admire the magnificent historic houses which have been outstandingly well-restored. Located on the banks of the Rhine opposite the confluence of the Rhine with the Main, Mainz will captivate you with its quite incomparable lifestyle, its unique charm and its openness to the world. In the company of your guide, you will be able to enter the magnificent Cathedral, whose construction began in 975 and which has left a deep mark on the history of the town. The interior of the cathedral houses some wonderful historic treasures, including tombs and funerary monuments from the 13th to the 18th centuries. You will also have the opportunity to wander up and down the colorful streets in the old town. Finally you will visit the Gutenberg Museum, the world's finest museum for printing equipment, materials and books. Born in Mainz around 1400, Johannes Gensfleisch Gutenberg himself prepared the copy of the Bible referred to as "the 42-line Bible” which was published in 1455 - the oldest printed book in the world. Out of the 46 copies still in existence, the museum has just one, along with a "Mainz Psalter”, the first ever document printed using three different colors of ink. The museum extends over five floors and provides a quite remarkable exhibition on the history of the book and written word in both Europe and the world as a whole. Return on board on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The Gutenberg Museum is closed on Sunday mornings and on Mondays.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended: visit entirely on foot; streets are cobblestoned in the old town.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_MAYGUT

    Pre-paid: $74

    On-board: $83

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Discover Strasbourg from the water! We’ll see all the great sites on the riverbanks, from Petite France—listed as UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988—to the European quarter where institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament are located. After, we’ll continue on foot to the magnificent Gothic cathedral, built over three centuries. The famous west front is decorated with thousands of figures and its spire measures over 466 feet. The cathedral is built out of red sandstone from the nearby Vosges Mountains, which gives it its characteristic pink hue that changes according to the sunlight and the color of the sky. Standing before the symbol of the city, you’ll understand why Victor Hugo called it a “gigantic and delicate” marvel. It is one of the very few Gothic churches with only one tower. Among its wonders are the stained glass windows, including the 46-foot high Rose Window. The great organ is a masterpiece to see as well as to hear, and the astronomical clock is a Renaissance treasure not to be missed. We'll return by tour boat to the ship.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_STRA14

    Pre-paid: $137

    On-board: $153

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Discover Strasbourg from the water! We’ll see all the great sites on the riverbanks, from Petite France—listed as UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988—to the European quarter where institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament are located. After, we’ll continue on foot to the magnificent Gothic cathedral, built over three centuries. The famous west front is decorated with thousands of figures and its spire measures over 466 feet. The cathedral is built out of red sandstone from the nearby Vosges Mountains, which gives it its characteristic pink hue that changes according to the sunlight and the color of the sky. Standing before the symbol of the city, you’ll understand why Victor Hugo called it a “gigantic and delicate” marvel. It is one of the very few Gothic churches with only one tower. Among its wonders are the stained glass windows, including the 46-foot high Rose Window. The great organ is a masterpiece to see as well as to hear, and the astronomical clock is a Renaissance treasure not to be missed. We'll return by tour boat to the ship.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_STRA14

    Pre-paid: $139

    On-board: $154



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